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ASP graduates new recruits

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) -

The Arkansas State Police graduated 32 new state troopers Thursday night, 11 of whom are from Region 8 or will be based here.

Of the graduates, three graduates were given honors for high rankings in academics, physical fitness and firearms.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson was the keynote speaker while Chief Judge Robert J. Gladwin of the Arkansas Court of Appeals administered the Oath of State Trooper Commission.for the event in Little Rock. 

The graduates started as recruits in May 2016 and spent 21 weeks in training. 

Local graduates or graduates assigned to areas in Region 8 include: 

• Tommy L. Fitzgerald, 34, of Bay, served as 2016 Recruit Class Leader and will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop C, Mississippi County.

• Dustin Arnold, 28, of Hot Springs, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop D, Crittenden County.  Arnold is a graduate of Champion Christian College at Hot Springs.

•Alex Bray, 24, of Ward, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop B, White County.

•Christopher B. Johnson, 30, of Mt. Pleasant (Izard County) will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop I, Stone County.  Johnson is a graduate of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton.

•Caleb Landreth, 40, of Jonesboro, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop C, Mississippi County.  Landreth is a graduate of Black River Technical College.

•Andrew A. Lay, 27, of Searcy, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop B, White County.  Lay is a graduate of Arkansas State University.

•Jason Wayne Long, 23, of Jonesboro, will be assigned to the Highway Patrol Division, Troop D, Crittenden County.

•Jarrod Lyerly, 32, of Paragould, will be assigned to the Highway Patrol Division, Troop C, Clay County.  Lyerly is a graduate of Arkansas State University.

•Jason Myers, 34, of Jonesboro, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop C, Mississippi County.

•Steven Payton, 31, of Russellville, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop D, Crittenden County.

•Marcus T. Simpson, 25, of Newport, will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop D, Woodruff County.  Simpson is a graduate of Arkansas State University (Newport).

Landreth finished third in academics, while Simpson finished second in physical fitness. Also, Fitzgerald finished third in firearms. 

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